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Man Avoids Jail In Scam To Sell Stolen Gardner Artwork

Law360, Boston (May 15, 2018, 5:45 PM EDT) -- A West Virginia man was sentenced to time served and home confinement in Massachusetts federal court on Tuesday, after he copped to a scheme to sell valuable stolen art from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum that he did not actually possess.

Todd Andrew Desper, 48, said financial desperation drove him to concoct a scam to sell two pieces of famously stolen art — "The Concert" by Johannes Vermeer for $100 million and Rembrandt van Rijn’s "The Storm on the Sea of Galilee" for as much as...
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